Proposals for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict focus on the "big-ticket" issues: Palestinian sovereignty, sharing Jerusalem, and the "right of return" for displaced Palestinians. Analysts and pundits pay less attention to the everyday troubles suffered by both sides. For Palestinians, this means the Israeli settlements and checkpoints that have divided families and paralyzed Palestinian economic growth. For Israelis, it is the specter of violence and the fear under which many of its citizens live.
"The existence of the State of Israel and its political options should be envisaged not in a perspective which is in itself religious, but in their reference to the common principles of international law." -- Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, "Notes on the correct way to present Jews and Judaism in preaching and catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church," 1985
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The bishops urged political leaders to find “creative” ways to build peace in the Middle East and “to build bridges, not walls.”
Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their Jan. 11-12 visit to the Gaza Strip.
One boy's words continued to resonate with Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M. The boy, who was the last student to speak to the bishops before they left Holy Family School in Gaza, told them he simply wanted dignity.
NCR Today: Once the Palestinian population exceeds the Israeli Jewish one, you will have a situation akin to what existed in apartheid-era South Africa.
A doctor refused to treat an elderly Jewish woman: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will get rid of the pain.”
The story of the Middle East for 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers and the rise of a new terrorist group.
A flurry of international actions favoring Palestinian statehood came within the last few weeks of 2014.
"Jewish, Arab, and Druze are coming together here to play football, which breaks down barriers between communities."